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Barkshire Described

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Barkshire Described : J. Speed / C. Dicey

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A remarkable cartographic survival. An attractive example of the final issue of John Speed's renowned and sought-after map of Berkshire published at the start of the previous century. Speed's maps, mostly engraved by Dutchman Jodocus Hondius, appeared in his "Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britain ..." from 1612 and were immediately successful, the atlas being republished several times before 1676, by which time Speed had been dead nearly 50 years. However the copperplates continued in use being reprinted, with some revisions such as the addition of roads and alteration of publishers imprints, until this issue almost one hundred years later. John Speed's attractive map of the county of Berkshire omits a plan of county capital Reading (to be found on the Buckinghamshire map) in favour of a panorama of Windsor Castle, shown above the map. A cartouche to the left lists the founding members of the Order of the Garter in 1350, and to the right is a portrait of James I in Garter robes. This example remains on lightweight protective canvas backing and is in subtle and very attractive hand-colour.
region: Berkshire
mapmakers: J. Speed   C. Dicey
place and date of publication: London 1612 - c. 1770
medium and colour: Copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 385 by 510mm (15.25 by 20 inches).
ref: 41404

Price: £ 750

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